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Interprofessional Health Team Communication About Hospital Discharge: An Implementation Science Evaluation Study

Bahr, Sarah J. MSN, RN, ACNS-BC; Siclovan, Danielle M. MSN, RN, NE-BC; Opper, Kristi MS, RN, ACNS-BC; Beiler, Joseph MS, RN, ACNS-BC; Bobay, Kathleen L. PhD, RN, NEA-BC; Weiss, Marianne E. DNSc, RN

doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000238

The Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research guided formative evaluation of the implementation of a redesigned interprofessional team rounding process. The purpose of the redesigned process was to improve health team communication about hospital discharge. Themes emerging from interviews of patients, nurses, and providers revealed the inherent value and positive characteristics of the new process, but also workflow, team hierarchy, and process challenges to successful implementation. The evaluation identified actionable recommendations for modifying the implementation process.

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College of Nursing, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Mss Bahr and Siclovan and Dr Weiss); Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Ms Opper and Mr Beiler); and Marcelle Niehoff School of Nursing, Loyola University Chicago, Maywood, Illinois (Dr Bobay).

Correspondence: Sarah J. Bahr, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, Marquette University College of Nursing, PO Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 53201 (

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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Accepted for publication: October 1, 2016.

Published ahead of print: November 1, 2016.

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